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    Updated on Apr 25, 2020. Posted on Apr 25, 2020

    The Negroni Is The Three-Ingredient Cocktail You Needed Yesterday

    Just grab your favorite spirit and turn it into a Negroni.

    There are a lot of places I'd rather be right now than trapped at home during the coronavirus outbreak. For example, I'd love to be sipping on a zesty aperitif while looking out at the rolling hills of Tuscany or the cerulean blue sea from a balcony in Positano. Unfortunately, I can't transport myself to Italy right now, but I can do the next best thing: Make a Negroni.

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    In case you're unfamiliar with the humble Negroni, it's an Italian aperitif and cocktail that is meant to be sipped slowly. It is the perfect mix of refreshing, bitter, and sweet.

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    Best of all, it's made with just three ingredients: Equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth...plus an orange peel for garnish. Stirred rather than shaken, you don't need any fancy ingredients to make it.

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    But the beauty of the Negroni is that you can customize it based on your preferences. Hate gin? No problem! Swap it for something else. Big tequila fan? Whip up a mezcal Negroni with mezcal, Campari, and sweet vermouth.

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    Or if you love whiskey, replace gin with your favorite Bourbon, whiskey, or rye. This combination of sweet vermouth, Campari, and whiskey has another name as well — the Boulevardier — but it's no more than a whiskey Negroni!

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    There's also one of my personal favorites, the Negroni bianco, which is a lighter, more floral take on the classic. This drink is made with gin, white vermouth, and a wine-based aperitif like Lillet Blanc.

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    Hannah Loewentheil/BuzzFeed

    You can also play around with different bitters to add more complex flavor to your Negroni. I love the BTL SVC Negroni bitters and Woodford Reserve spiced orange bitters.

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    And with that...I'm getting thirsty. Cheers, and happy Negroni hour.